August 21, 2019
“In the Shade of the Dumpster” at http://srmarymichael.wordpress.com Every other week our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Jenn Tran will be writing. She taught AP writing at Pius, so I can’t wait to see what she has to say!
In Christ’s Love,
Sister Mary Michael, CK
SFA BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT This biggest meeting of the year is Tuesday, August 27 at 7:00pm with the Rosary at 6:30pm in church. After the program in the gym, there will be two sessions in the children’s classrooms, followed by a session for new families.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY We are in need of a couple volunteers to chair the upcoming school fundraiser. If you are able to help, please contact Sister Michael or Amanda Wiegert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our SFA treasurer does much of the number crunching. The volunteers help with PR work, prizes and tweaking the event to make it as family friendly as we can. Leadership for this fundraiser is essential for the ongoing operation of our school. If you need more info to make a good decision talk to Amanda or me please. The see other opportunities to help out at school, click on Volunteer –SMMi
COMMUNICATION DAY Wednesday is the main day designated for communication to you, thus this newsletter. Please note that the monthly school calendar, beginning with September will be located on the school website http://www.saintpeterslincoln.com/school.html, has the five-day rotation on it in parentheses next to the date. If you don’t know what the five-day rotation is, ask your child. If they have been here for a while, they will know. If they haven’t, give them a couple more days and they will have it down. We will also explain it at the new family orientation on Tuesday August 27 at Back-to-School Night.
TEACHERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA In order to maintain appropriate student/teacher boundaries, the Diocesan Technology Guidelines prohibit teachers from interacting with students through social media technology (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). In addition, teachers have been strongly advised to limit their interaction with students’ parents through these social media outlets as well. We definitely need to communicate, but Facebook and Twitter are not the preferred parent/teacher means. Many of our teachers are good friends with you, and asked that the policy be reiterated so that avoidance of social media might not be misunderstood. Thank you. It can be challenging to combine a social life with the teaching profession in the family context of a parish.
PARKING LOT/DROP OFF Please do not leave your car on the new lot for the school day as we use it for recess. (Parking your car there during Mass is fine.) Children must get out on the curb side of the car for the sake of safety.
NEWSLETTER NOTICES These notices for the Wednesday school newsletter need to be in the office no later than Tuesday at noon. Announcements may also be emailed to email@example.com.
HEALTH OFFICE NOTE If your student has food allergies and/or uses an epi-pen, please remember to send one to school and notify the nurse’s office. If your student’s medical condition changed from last year, please call the office to visit with the nurse. If your child is to receive any medication at school, prescription or over the counter, please obtain an Authorization for Medication form from the school office, or you may print one from the school website Medication Form ALL medication must come to school in its original container and be kept in the nurse’s office. Sports physicals are required for all 8th graders that will be participating in sports here at school. (7th graders are required to have physicals regardless of participation in sports.)
EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE PICKUPS The only students who may be dropped off earlier than 7:45am are those in the before-school Extended Day Program. There is no supervision in the courtyard for your child before 7:45am. If children are here early, they will need to go to Extended Day and a fee will be assessed. Likewise students not picked up by 3:30pm will be taken to Extended Day and assessed a fee. We have an option for dropoff at 7:35 for a minimal expense. See Extended Day. Thank you for helping keep our students safe and respecting our teachers’ time before and after school.
SCHOOL LUNCH REMINDER Federal guidelines prohibit “competing food” in the same space as a school lunch program; this rule is part of the school lunch program rules. Therefore, we must ask that you not bring in outside fast food for your student at lunch time. We have a wonderful school lunch program that is reasonably priced, and we invite you to try it. Please call or email the office by 9:00am if you plan to eat at school. If your account balance is negative, please make a deposit as soon as possible.
Due to a funeral lunches this week have been changed as follows: Thursday August 22 – Cheese Pizza, Salad Bar, Frozen Fruit Cup, Milk; and Friday August 23 – Hero Sandwich, Sun Chips, Fruit Cup, Milk, (Salad Bar will not be available).
SCHOOL LUNCHES Please help us eliminate unnecessary paperwork and save money on administrative costs by creating your family’s school lunch account at www.myschoolbucks.com. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. If you need assistance, please call the parent support line at 1-855-832-5226.
SUNSCREEN USE AT SCHOOL Children are welcome to bring/use sunscreen at school, and they need to be able to apply the sunscreen themselves. Most sunscreens will last through lunch recess if you apply it before the children come to school. Children may also wear a hat at recess.
Scrip News Welcome back to a new school year! Scrip sales are in full swing and your reusable Scrip order envelopes are being sent home today. Volunteers are needed to sell Scrip for the 2019-2020 year at all Sunday Masses (this is scheduled on a rotating basis by preferred Mass time), as well as at the 8:15 Monday morning Mass. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Scrip Coordinator Bridget Paseka at 402-480-5463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. First time volunteers welcome; no previous experience necessary!
E-Scrip is sent home on the 1st and 16th of the month. To sign up or make changes to your order, please fill out and return the E-Scrip registration form or contact Scrip Coordinator Bridget Paseka at 402-480-5463 or email@example.com.
Scrip Volunteers for Aug. 24/25 Masses: 4:00pm Jennifer Krysl; 8:00am Margaret Aldridge; 9:30am Cathy Earhart; 11:00am Jeannie Woodrich. Thank you!
ATTENTION – BAND Band for students in 5th grade will be on Mondays. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will have band on Wednesdays.
GIRLS ON THE RUN GOTR is a national organization that is a hybrid of Girls Scouts and Track Club. GOTR of Nebraska aims to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls, their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community. This non-competitive program helps strengthen girls physically and emotionally as they train to complete the 5K (3.1 mile) walk/run. Positive attitudes and perseverance are valued over running ability, and every GOTR girl is a Superstar regardless of speed. If your daughter is in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and would like to join GOTR, please register at Girls on the Run.
RECYCLING Paper or old business letterhead and larger envelopes are welcome as we use a large amout of paper. Thank you for considering donating them to our school.
SPIRIT CATHOLIC RADIO Calendars are being distributed to each student which features winning artwork from their annual art contest, a family activity tip for each month, and feast days. Be sure to listen every First Friday during the morning show (7:30-8:00am) as each calendar has a number and they will be drawing a winner for a prize package.
FOOD COLLECTION Please remember to bring food on Fridays for Catholic Social Services. The children also have a mission collection weekly. We encourage children to bring a little of their own money, or to do an extra job for which they can earn funds to give to the Missionary Childhood Association.
ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION A federally mandated asbestos inspection of St. Peter School, Lincoln NE was conducted in 2000. Asbestos management plans have been written for the school and may be reviewed by interested parties at the school office during regular business hours. No asbestos-containing material has been found in the school. By following the school’s asbestos management plan, we will continue to protect the health of our children and comply with federal and state asbestos regulations. The Asbestos Program Manager for the Diocese of Lincoln is Mr. Ron Prochaska, Alfred Benesch & Company, 825 M St, Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE, 68508.
NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY St. Peter School admits students of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin in administration in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.